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Why Nicolas Cage says his ‘best memories’ were made in San Francisco

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Actor Nicolas Cage fondly remembers San Francisco for its "cold, beautiful, misty weather, Queen Anne Victorians and motorcycles." | Source: Luca Teuchmann

Nicolas Cage attended SFFilm Festival Awards Night on Monday, spilling his affections for San Francisco, a city where he's owned multiple homes.

Cage fondly remembers San Francisco for its "cold, beautiful, misty weather, Queen Anne Victorians and motorcycles."

"I remember spending time with my cousins and my family at a very young age, a very impressionable age. Some of my best memories are in San Francisco," Cage said. "Any chance I'm invited back—I want to be here."

Cage said he used to ride his motorcycle around San Francisco and lived on Franklin Street in a Queen Anne Victorian home, which he said was the first home he bought.

"I had a great time there," Cage said.

Cage also famously owned a six-bedroom home in Russian Hill, which hit the market in 2019 for around $11 million. A Redfin listing shows the home last sold in 2021 for $8.8 million.

A three-story home painted white stands on a street corner.
Nicolas Cage's former home at 898 Francisco St. stands on the corner of Hyde and Francisco streets in Russian Hill. | Source: Google Street View.

During the SFFILM event, Cage was presented with a lifetime achievement award for acting by musician Tom Waits.

Cage also studied at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater.

Garrett Leahy can be reached at garrett@sfstandard.com

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